Workshops

On Thursday morning, November 15th the Ocean Literacy Summit will kickoff with four workshops to tackle some of the issues of promoting ocean literacy. We hope all of our attendees will find one that aligns with their interests.

Ocean Literacy 101: How the Concept of What Everyone Should Know About the Ocean Changed the World.

Diana Payne, Connecticut Sea Grant & Sarah Schoedinger, NOAA Office of Education

From its inception NEOSEC identified Ocean Literacy as a key goal for all of New England, recognizing that understanding the ocean is integral to comprehending the Earth’s systems and life on this planet. While each Summit focuses on one of the seven Essential Principles, attendees may not know much about Ocean Literacy in general. Diana and Sarah, representing the team of collaborators in the Ocean Literacy movement, will highlight key resources (Scope and Sequence, NGSS alignment) as well as local, regional, national, and international impacts. We will spend time exploring the tools developed to assist with integration of Ocean literacy concepts inside and out of the classroom.

 

Advancing Ocean Literacy with Citizen Science:

Meredyth Sullivan, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Colleen Hitchcock, Brandeis University, Demi Fox, NOAA Marine Debris Program, & Kate Leavitt, Seacoast Science Center

Engaging students and the public in authentic research via citizen science is a fun and interactive way to promote ocean literacy. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to several citizen science projects and data portals, and learn how to connect to these resources, or start their own citizen science project via a series of 3-4 short presentations, followed by interactive activities, and group discussions. Speakers include: Meredyth Sullivan showcasing the Gulf of Maine Research Institute Vital Signs program, Colleen Hitchcock highlighting her work with iNaturalist and The Boston City Nature Challenge, Demi Fox introducing the NOAA Marine Debris program, and Henry Burke sharing his work with Summer on the Marsh and Summer Science in New England projects and citizen science opportunities for informal science centers.

 

Ocean Exploration and Technology Resources to Advance Ocean Literacy:

Jamie Carter, NOAA’s Digital Coast, Tom Consi, MIT Sea Grant, Carole McCauley, Boston Harbor Habitat Atlas, and Emily Shumchenia, Northeast Ocean Data Portal.

Rapidly advancing technology is changing the way we explore our oceans and providing increased opportunities to advance ocean literacy. In this workshop, participants will learn about cutting edge technologies used to explore the ocean, as well as educational technologies for the classroom, via a series of short presentations, followed by interactive activities, and group discussions. Speakers include: Emily Shumchenia will introduce participants to the  Northeast Ocean Data Portal, Carole McCauley will showcase the interactive Boston Harbor Habitat Atlas, Jamie Carter will present NOAA’s Digital Coast, and Tom Consi will discuss microscale coastal remote-sensing and other projects.

Bring your own laptop or tablet so you can explore resources along with the presenters!

Creativity and Science: Promoting & Communicating Ocean Literacy

Science communication can take many forms, and leveraging a diversity of methods and techniques allows for communicators to reach a larger audience with their message. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to several diverse science communication methods and techniques such as art, storytelling and more, via a series of 3-4 short presentations, followed by interactive activities, and group discussions. Participants will be given information and resources to launch their own science communication project or connect with ongoing projects. Speakers include Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Beach Sisters program showcasing their storm drain art projects and Sukee Bennett – a digital editor at NOVA.